Transfer, 12 Incoming Freshmen Make Up Recruiting Class
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June 15, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's track and field head coach Fred LaPlante announced Friday (June 15) the program's 2012 recruiting class, which includes 12 incoming freshmen and one transfer. The 13 newcomers will join a squad which lost just five seniors to graduation following the 2012 season.

The 2012 recruiting class includes:

  • Stephen Burk (Parsippany, N.J./Parsippany HS) - Javelin
  • Nate Chapman (Auburn Hills, Mich./Avondale HS) - Mid-Distance
  • George Kelly (Lincroft, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) - Distance
  • Dan Lowry (Philadelphia, Pa./Brown University) - Distance
  • Chris Maye (Union City, Mich./Union City HS) - Sprints
  • Alex Moran (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon HS) - Distance
  • Joshua Nance (Flossmoor, Ill./Homewood Flossmoor HS) - Sprints
  • Nick Renberg (Saline, Mich./Saline HS) - Distance
  • Garrick Roemer (Saline, Mich./Saline HS) - Sprints
  • Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D./Rapid City Central HS) - Distance
  • Thomas Sullivan (Reno, Nev./Galena HS) - Pole Vault
  • Stephen Sykes (Litchfield, Mich./Litchfield HS) - High Jump
  • Antonio Whitfield (Canal Winchester, Ohio/Canal Winchester HS) - Sprints/Jumps

"This is back-to-back recruiting years of getting a quantity of athletes in a variety of events," said LaPlante. "There are a few of these guys who will certainly have a major impact next year, but we expect all of them to have an impact during their careers at Michigan. In some of the events where we're thinner, these guys will be able to have an immediate impact. In other events where we're a little bit deeper, they're going to add to the depth of that group, and how soon they rise to the top of that group is the exciting thing about their future."

Stephen Burk • Javelin • Parsippany, N.J. • Parsippany HS
Burk won the javelin at the 2012 New Jersey Meet of Champions and is currently ranked seventh nationally. Personal best: 63.98m (209-11). Assistant coach Mo Saatara on Burk: "Stephen has had an outstanding season and he'll step in as our top javelin athlete."

Nate Chapman • Mid-Distance • Auburn Hills, Mich. • Avondale HS
Chapman led Avondale High School to the 2012 Division 2 state title, winning the 400-meter dash. He also placed in the 800-meter run and on the 4x200 and 4x400-meter relays. Personal bests: 400m - 48.71; 800m - 1:54.41. Head coach Fred LaPlante on Chapman: "Nate tackled an unbelievable schedule at the state meet. We like that he puts his team first. He brings a lot of speed to our middle distance area."

George Kelly • Distance • Lincroft, N.J. • Christian Brothers Academy
Kelly led his team at the Nike Cross Country Nationals, placing 23rd. He placed third in 2011 at the New Jersey Meet of Champions in cross country at legendary Holmdel Park (15:37). On the track, George has run 4:09.09 for 1,600 meters, placing third at the N.J. Outdoor Meet of Champions, second at the N.J. Indoor Meet of Champions and 9:18.21 in the 3,200-meter run to place second at the Indoor Shore Conference Championships. Assistant coach Alex Gibby on Kelly: "George comes to Michigan from an incredibly impressive high school program at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, N.J.  His team experience in cross country and the strong relay tradition at CBA should aid his transition to our team environment and expectations.  He certainly has the capacity to come in and contribute as a freshman, and his mile background could lead to early opportunities on the track."

Dan Lowry • Distance • Philadelphia, Pa. • Brown University
Lowry will use his final year of eligibility in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field to compete for the Wolverines after spending the last three years at Brown University. He is a two-time USTFCCCA All-American, placing 28th at the 2011 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships and 11th in the 5,000-meter run at the 2012 NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships. He was also a double runner-up at the Outdoor Heptagonal Championships at 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Personal bests: Mile - 4:03.72; 3,000m - 8:02.40; 5,000m - 13:34.49; 10,000m - 29:35.70. Assistant coach Alex Gibby on Lowry: "We expect that Dan can step into the performance and leadership void created by the graduation of All-American Craig Forys and act as the front man for a talented but young distance group."

Chris Maye • Sprints • Union City, Mich. • Union City HS
Maye scored 30 of his team's 45 points to lead Union City to a runner-up finish at the 2012 Division 3 state meet. He recorded wins in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, anchored the 400-meter relay, and finished second in the long jump. Personal bests: 100m - 10.87; 200m - 21.85; Long Jump - 7.01m (23-0). Head coach Fred LaPlante on Maye: "Chris was arguably the fastest high school sprinter in the state, and we expect him to make an immediate impact."

Alex Moran • Distance • Pittsburgh, Pa. • Mt. Lebanon HS
Moran is a two-time PIAA AAA all-state selection in cross country. He placed third at the PIAA championships at 1,600 meters as a senior and fifth as a junior and has a mile PR of 4.14.83 from the Baldwin Invitational. Moran won the Emerging Elite section of the mile in 4:17.19 at the New Balance National Championships in 2012. Assistant coach Alex Gibby on Moran: "Alex had a big breakthrough as a junior on the track, and as he takes the next step this spring, he could move into a position to help us early in his career. Much like George Kelly with his cross country and track success, Alex is the type of miler that we look to attract in the future."

Joshua Nance • Sprints • Flossmoor, Ill. • Homewood-Flossmoor HS
Nance was sidelined by an injury during his senior season at Homewood-Flossmoor, but was a state finalist in the 400-meter dash as a junior. Personal best: 400m - 48.60. Head coach Fred LaPlante on Nance: "Josh had unfortunate leg injury late in the track season, but we expect him to fully recover and be a standout 400-meter man."

Nick Renberg • Distance • Saline, Mich. • Saline HS
Renberg placed third at the 2011 Michigan Division I State Cross Country Championships and fifth at the 2012 Michigan Division I State Track and Field Championships in the 3,200m. He has placed 24th at the Foot Locker Midwest Championships, earning All-Midwest honors. Personal bests: 1,600m - 4:21; 3,200m - 9:25. Assistant coach Alex Gibby on Renberg: "Nick is a local product from right down the road, and while he suffered through some injuries in the spring, he has the capability to help us both in cross country and on the track."

Garrick Roemer • Sprints • Saline, Mich. • Saline HS
Roemer helped Saline record a runner-up finish at the 2012 Division 1 state meet, placing fourth in the 400-meter dash and running on two scoring relays. Personal best: 400m - 49.19. Head coach Fred LaPlante on Roemer: "Garrick has loads of potential and was a very versatile sprinter at Saline. Once we figure out his true best event, he could be a standout."

Tony Smoragiewicz • Distance • Rapid City, S.D. • Rapid City Central HS
Smoragiewicz is a two-time South Dakota state champion and Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional champion in cross country. He placed third in 2010 and seventh in 2011 at the Foot Locker National Championships. At the Worth Junior Triathlon Championships, he won the bronze medal. He was a three-time state champion on the track for Rapid City, winning the 3,200 meter in 2011 and 2012 and the 1,600-meter run in 2012. Assistant coach Alex Gibby on Smoragiewicz: "Tony is the most accomplished distance runner that we have signed at the University of Michigan since Craig Forys in 2007. With a good summer of preparation, we expect that Tony can step right in and contribute to our cross country varsity squad and be a factor on the track at the Big Ten level."

Thomas Sullivan • Pole Vault • Reno, Nev. • Galena HS
Sullivan finished third in the pole vault at the Nevada 2012 state championships. Personal best: 4.57m (15-0). Assistant coach Mo Saatara on Sullivan: "Thomas has some good experience in the vault and should provide some good depth in that area."

Stephen Sykes • High Jump • Litchfield, Mich. • Litchfield HS
Sykes was the Division 4 high jump champion in 2011 and finished runner up as a senior in 2012. Personal best: 2.03m (6-8). Assistant coach Mo Saatara on Sykes: "Stephen showed his potential as a junior but had some health issues this past year. We think he can be a seven-foot jumper."

Antonio Whitfield • Sprints/Jumps • Canal Winchester, Ohio • Canal Winchester HS
Whitfield was an Ohio AAA finalist in the long jump in 2011 and 2012. Personal best: LJ - 6.93m (22-9). Assistant coach Mo Saatara on Whitfield: "Antonio has better than average speed, which is necessary for big improvements in the long jump."

Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423

   

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